Purim – A Celebration of God’s Infinite Grace

This is a mirror inside the Topkapi Palace Harem in Istanbul Turkey.  The picture is a little blurred, but notice the mirror reflected back and forth in the mirror…this is realistic picture of infinity…as each mirror continually gives a reflection of another mirror on and on infinitely uncountable. You might even say this was an example of mathematical pi in a way. Just as God’s grace is also infinite.

1Peter 5:10-11, Give God the glory and credit for the grace he extends to you, and for all of the gifts he has given you in your life.


Read the story of Esther part 3 – Esther Chapters 8 thru 10 In this final portion of the Book of Esther after Haman’s death, we find that Esther and Mordecai are rewarded by the king, and the jews get permission to defend themselves on the day that according to Haman’s treachery the jews were to be put to death.  They are victorious.  The celebration the Jews have after the battle is called Purim, and is still kept today.  During this celebration the Book of Esther is read, and the people dress up in costume as the people who are in the Book of Esther, and they are supposed to drown out Haman’s name every time he is mentioned with noise to the point where no one can understand that his name has been said, and they are to cheer Esther and Mordecai’s name greatly.  Interestingly, Esther is only one of two books in the Bible where God’s name is not actually mentioned, the other one is the Song of Solomon.  In spite of God’s name not being mentioned, Esther is still a wonderful story of grace and faith, and illustrates God’s love for his people.  Even though the reason for Haman’s existence is that the Jewish people were disobedient to God, God still put Esther and Mordecai in the right place at the right time to save the Jewish people. The Purim celebration is a celebration of victory and of God’s grace through others.

Note of interest:  King Saul’s father was named Kish, and Mordecai is listed as a Kishite in the Book of Esther.  According to Jewish writings Mordecai’s lineage can be traced back to Benjimen through Shimei and King Saul on his father’s side, so it is presumed that he is related to Judah on his Mother’s side.  Saul is the one who disobeyed God, and then along comes one of his descendants who is given a task related to correcting the fallout from Saul’s disobedience.  Isn’t God good!

Inside the harem in Topkapi Palace in Istanbul is a sitting area

The above map gives you an idea where the city of Susa was in relation to Babylon the city of modern day Isfahan is about where the word Persia is on the map.  I find it is sometimes helpful to look at a map and try to picture where things were in relation to a modern place.